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NOTICE: Update on the campus rebuild and corona virus- All public areas (Marine Science Education Center, Wetlands Education Center, Waterwise Garden, and Bay Education Center in Rockport) are temporarily closed. We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your understanding and all of your support!


Guided Tours

The Wetlands Education Center provides free guided tours for the public on

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. 

Groups over ten visitors that would like a guided tour of the Wetlands Education Center should set up a private tour by contacting Nicole Poulson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 361-749-3153.


The Wetlands Education Center occupies 3.5 acres between the Marine Science Education Center and the South Jetty. It is a marsh/seagrass pond landscaped and planted with various seagrasses and appropriate coastal vegetation nourished by water from the Aransas Pass Ship Channel. The public is invited to stroll the surrounding boardwalk to observe migratory waterfowl and resident marsh birds. Interior board walks with access limited to guided tour groups.

Visitors to the Wetlands Education Center - known wetlands2as Windows to the Sea - will gain an understanding and appreciation for the role each facet of a wetland plays in supporting and maintaining the productivity of the coastal zone. Preservation of coastal wetlands and estuaries is vital to the health of area bays and the Gulf of Mexico. The grasses and shallow waters dissipate storm surges and prevent erosion, acting as natural buffers between land and sea. Educating school children and visitors about the importance of wetlands to both nature and man is the objective of the Wetlands Education Center.

audioClick here to listen to a program about the Wetlands Education Center on The Shape of Texas.